Nigerians and Buhari, Like A Horse Tied To A Chair

By Ikenga Chronicles November 14, 2017

Nigerians and Buhari, Like A Horse Tied To  A Chair

 — Gboyega Adejumo

This is philosophy that rivals Orunmila’s, “Ta l’o mo ehin ola” — Who knows what will become of tomorrow.
One day and very soon, Orunmila’s philosophical, “Ehin Ola”, shall be discussed in full. But at the moment, it is about Plato and the allegory of the cave.

Between 514 and 520, BC, Plato who was biologically related to Socrates, listened as Socrates described a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives.

All the inmates, lived, chained in this cave, facing a blank wall.
For these inmates, shadows projected on the wall from objects passing in front of a fire behind them, was the only vision and experience they ever had.

As functional humans, these inmates gave names to these shadows for the purposes of identification and individual separation of behavioral traits.
The shadows, in this sense became the prisoners’ only reality.

Socrates, a deep thinker, like Yeshua was, who incidentally never wrote a book, like Yeshua also never wrote a single book, is called the father of Philosophy.

Socrates, explained how every philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall are not real at all.

Socrates in essence was trying to say, only those who can perceive the true form of reality rather than the manufactured reality that is the shadows seen by the prisoners, can only be said to be free.

The irony in this narrative is that, the inmates of this cave did not even desire to leave their prison; for they knew no better life. Does that ring a bell about those who want Buhari to continue with his perambulation and cruelty, coupled with nepotism, again in 2019?

Unlike the Nigerians of 2017, celebrating a dead dream and a dying and fading shadow, the prisoners in this cave, managed to break their bonds one day, and to their utter surprise, discovered that their reality was not what they thought it was.

They discovered the sun, for the first time which rekindled the fire in them to live.A great literary work takes place here in which Plato uses the energy of the sun as an analogy for the fire that man cannot see, but is embedded in him. Like the fire that cast light on the walls of the cave, which is temporary, which is unnatural, the human condition is forever bound to the impressions that are received through the senses.

Mistaking their perceptions, as reality, the greatest mental task, of which Nigerians have constantly failed to overcome is that their perceptions most often, are the opposites of reality!

The question then arises; can the Nigerian break free from his mental tardiness, from his own cave? Can he grab the fire within and like a Promethean project suffer for his own enlightenment, so that his society can be better for him in future?

Even if these are rather too high an expectation from the debased, subdued, imprisoned minds of the Nigerian, modulated, twisted as it were, can the Nigerian, somehow break free from the bonds of our human condition — can we free ourselves from the phenomenal state of our repressed being, just as these prisoners could free themselves from their chains? Can we do the Alcatraz concept of breaking free, the Robben Island concept of “never to be broken in spirit”, no matter how long it takes?

If we are to miraculously escape our bondage, we would find a world that we could not understand — the sun is incomprehensible for someone who has never seen it. In other words, we would encounter another “realm,” a place incomprehensible because, theoretically, it is the source of a higher reality than the one we have always known–it is the realm of pure Form, pure Fact. Finding it will make us to rather live in Light, rather than to perish in the darkness of the Cave.

From a period of 2,500 years, Plato’s allegory of the cave beckons as a beacon as we approach the crucial year, the year of make or break —2018!